Dr Jo Barkham lives in Boston. She grew up in South Holland, attending Spalding High School, and then Bristol University, where she read Psychology. She became a teacher of early years/primary children in 1976, with her first post in Peterborough. During the 1980s, she combined her family responsibilities with her work as a supply teacher throughout the South Holland area. She held several fixed term contracts in primaries, secondary and special schools, before returning to full time teaching at The John Harrox primary school in Moulton. In 2000 she became a consultant for the National Literacy Strategy, working with teachers and in schools across the whole of Lincolnshire. These consultancy appointments were annually contracted, and in 2001, she was appointed as a senior lecturer at the University of the West of England in Bristol. Whilst working as a teacher educator, leading a large undergraduate primary programme, she completed a Masters degree and a PhD. Her thesis examined the policy trajectory of the National Literacy Strategy from government to the classroom.
In 2012 she returned to Lincolnshire, appointed to Bishop Grosseteste University to work as a tutor and to develop the university’s partnership. In 2014-15 she served as acting Head of School of Teacher development before her retirement from her substantive post. She continues to work for the university on a part time basis, supervising trainees on school placements. She was approached to become a director of PFoS in 2014, which was later merged into BWAF, at which point she agreed to become a governor at Park Academy and also to serve as a co-opted member on the directors’ standards committee. In January 2021, she was pleased to accept an invitation to join the board of directors for the MAT.
JB 22nd January 2021